ANARTS SOAPBOX
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Mon Jun 11 23:02:43 EDT 2001
-+- ANARTS RTTY CONTEST -+-
Sponsored by Australian National Amateur Radio Teleprinter Society.
CALL: AK6R Country
__x_ Single OP., All Band Multi-Op. Single Transmitter (All band only)
Single Op., Single Band: . Multi-Op. Mult-Transmitter (All band only)
QSOs Points DX: Call Areas
80m: 0 0 0 0
40m: 27 256 3 12
20m: 289 5602 43 26
15m: 151 2566 25 22
10m: 10 219 4 3
Total: 477 8643=20
Total multipliers: 138
VK bonus points: 2600=20
This is to certify that in this contest I have operated my transmitter =
within the limitations of my license and have observed fully the rules =
and regulations of the contest.
Signature_____/s/ Bob Brehm______________________ Call .
Bob Brehm, AK6R=20
6965 El Camino Real, #105-279=20
Carlsbad, CA 92009=20
AK6R - ANARTS -2001 Soapbox
Well thought I would try the ANARTS contest this year to see how =
competetive I could be from the West coast. In a nutshell, even with =
zone scoring system, unless you are in Europe, VK/Zl land or on the East =
coast, it is very difficult to get the mults needed to be at the top. I =
had fun anyway and here is a run down of how it all went together.
As many of you know, I run contests like Field Day - I use a permanent =
station setup at my office at work and have to setup the antennas on a =
tower trailer for each contest. Fortunately, the CQ WPX CW contest was =
two weeks before and I just left the antennas up on the tower trailer =
thinking this would be adequate. The only drawback was that the 15 =
Meter antenna was fixed at 38' and was NE toward Europe. (All the JA and =
VK/ZL who worked me on 15 - you were either longpath or off the back of =
the 5 element beam). I was surprised at the number of JA's worked on =
15, at 90 degrees off the beam. I also found out that the position =
indicator on the HAM IV rotator was broken and I had to time the =
rotation and use my intuition to swing the beam to any direction. I had =
to constantly go outside and check the position - what a drag... I will =
get that fixed before ARRL Field day!
I ran with a 2 element 40 M bem at 70 feet, a 4 element 20 at 64 feet =
(both rotatable) and a 5 element 15 M beam at 38 feet fixed to Europe. =
(the setup is at www.qsl.net/ak6r - look under tower trailer and CQWPX =
CW 2001 for pix).
I did run SO2R and had rates to 37/hr with 6 hours over 30/hr. Friday =
night was wild with 15 and 20 both open and my typing not keeping up =
with all thge activity. I had planned to work 10 Q/hr/radio and it =
worked out to be 18.3 Q/hr average for both radios total. Nothing to =
write home about. I tore apart and repared two antenna tuners and a =
bandpass filter during the contest just to keep busy.
A further complecation was the 10 meter beam on top of the office =
building caused the firealarm to go off with any power over 250 watts. =
My apologies to KE5OG at 2341Z near the end of the contest - the alarm =
went off before I could QSL the contact although I did receive and send =
the exchange. I had to go and reset the alarm before the fire engine =
showed up (It has happened before with them showing up twice over one =
I started at 5PM local (0000Z) and went until 2 AM when all the bands =
were dead. Went to bed with about 2MM points hoping to break 5 MM for =
Saturday started about 8:30 local (15:30Z) and went for 2 hours before =
the bands were like frying pans - all noise. Took off three hours and =
came back to better conditions but not great until about 1900Z when the =
bands to Europe opened on both 15 and 20. Worked all including some 40M =
(where was everybody? No JA on low part and most worked in 7080+ =
region). Got tired about 3 AM local (1000Z) and retired just short of =
Sunday slept in til 9:30 local and got to the radios at 17:30 where it =
was DUPE-DUPE-DUPE all day Sunday for the most part. 15 was very QSB on =
all signals from all of US and Europe. 20 was more solid but full of =
DUPES and 10 was empty. Got real bored and alternated 15 CQ, 20 S&P or =
20CQ and 15 S&P. Finally got idea to try 10 at end to get past the 7MM =
mark. My thanks to VK2RT for putting me past 7MM!
Enjoyed all who worked me and thanks to all who had me on multiple =
bands. Special thanks to AH6OZ, K6HGF, W7TI/6 and ZL2AMI for working me =
on all four bands. ZL2AMI seemed to be everywhere with a very =
Other strong signals included VE6RAJ, K4GMH, YV5AAX, KB5BOB (S9+40 at =
00:43Z Sunday on 14080.82). ZL2BR was also strong when I could find =
him. Most interesting new DX was 4F3XX, 9A2JK, D90CCKD, DS5RYB, =
MJ/DL1ZBO, SV8CS, ZS2BWB, 4W6MM, EC8AUZ, and FK8HN.
The rig setup was:
Radio #1: Icom 775DSP, Henry AMP, Dunestar filters, Coax Stubs. Power =
output 1500 watts.
Radio #2: Icom 756PRO, Alpha 91b amp Dunestar filters and Coax Stubs. =
Power output 1200 watts, except 10M - 250 watts.
Software: Writelog and 756PRO RTTY decoder.
Computers: Radio #1 using "E" machine networked with a Dell Inspiron =
3000 (p166) - both running writelog. The Radio #1 computer was hooked =
to DXTELNET via Internet and worked very well (CTRL-T to send spots was =
Antennas on Tower trailer: Force 12 240X at 70 feet, Hygain 204BA, 4 =
element 20M at 66 feet, Hygain 155CAS, 5 element 15M at 38 feet NE =
fixed. On roof at 50 feet Force12 C4SXL using 10M section only (3 =
Bob Brehm, AK6R
Carlsbad, CA 92009
ARRL Life Member
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